DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland opened its offices in September 1999 with 18 staff. Almost 20 years on – 125 people are today employed at its Irish headquarters in Claremorris – making it one of the business success stories of the west. The company has continued to evolve and revolutionise where it currently serves over 10 million members in the USA and Ireland.
Our purpose is clear – to help improve the oral health of our members. This means creating a range of plans that are clinically focused and that offer great choice and value. All of our plans are based on our Healthy Smiles approach, which promotes regular and sustained preventive care by providing 100% cover for examinations, cleanings and x-rays.
DeCare Dental is a dental insurance underwriter and dental claims benefit management company headquartered in Claremorris, County Mayo. DeCare was the first dental health insurer to bring a comprehensive dental insurance product to the market in Ireland and was established in Ireland in 1999 by Michael Walsh as a claims processing centre.
The estimated cost of dental healthcare in the EU is €80 billion. In Ireland, 83% of dental costs are paid out of pocket and covered privately by the individual. To compound matters, costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have risen at dental practices. Apart from tooth loss and gum health, more than 120 diseases can be identified and diagnosed by markers present in the mouth, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers, while loss of teeth can be linked to depression. This makes dental care a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have highlighted that our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Throughout the world, some do struggle to make ends meet which in turn, leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness and premature death, as well as harming our economy and society.
Dental anxiety is the term used to describe anxiety, fear or stress associated with a dental setting. Being nervous or even scared to visit the dentist can result in delaying or avoiding dental treatment. It can be associated with certain triggers such as needles, drills or the dental setting in general.